Shreves says the security reductions are part of a larger issue--the danger posed by an industry that is allowed to regulate itself. "Throughout history, it has been shown that industry cannot be left to police itself, to determine its own safety standards," Shreves says. "Look at miners, oil companies, chemical companies. They all screwed up the environment when left alone.

"Profit always overrides common sense."
Shreves admits his union has its own agenda. If the security reductions are approved, APS will reduce the 150-member guard staff at Palo Verde. But he insists that there is much more at stake than jobs.

"This is a frightening thing," he says. "If the nuclear industry gets its way, one of the deadliest forces known to man will be sitting virtually unguarded in your community. If that happens, God help us.

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